0

Long before there were “hybrid cars” there were basic little internal combustion powered city cars, and for five-and-a-half decades, the UK’s MINI was definitely on that list. Still posing as minimalist, since 2001 the brand has been a jewel in German automaker BMW’s portfolio of “premium” products, and a more upscale lifestyle statement than from […]

+ Read More
0

Mercedes-Benz is previewing its first large plug-in hybrid vehicle ahead of its public debut during the upcoming Paris Motor Show, and surprisingly, doesn’t look that much different from the rest of the still-fresh S-Class range. But under the sculpted skin is another matter. Power comes from the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 — recently introduced in the […]

+ Read More
0

As expected, the world’s first zero-emissions auto racing series began in Beijing Saturday, but unexpected was Audi Sport ABT’s Lucas di Grassi gaining the Formula E ePrix win after two leaders crashed out. The drama took place at the last turn of the last lap of the 25-lap race around a 2.14-mile (3.44 km) circuit […]

+ Read More
0

Adorned with Infiniti’s’ new “Q” nomenclature, packing a familiar powertrain, and designed as a new model, the Q50 Hybrid is one of the more compelling performance hybrids going. Launched in 2014, with negligibly changed 2015 models to be at dealers this fall, the Q50 Hybrid is a challenger not just to the few performance hybrids […]

+ Read More
0

If you haven’t noticed, Tesla is on an ambitious quest to prove the time of the EV is now. Or, with its Gigafactory battery plant proposed for outside Reno, Nevada, one might also say the time of the mass-produced EV is soon. To highlight some of the salient points about this monumental undertaking, we’ve compiled […]

+ Read More
0

The Alliance Renault-Nissan’s French side is joining forces with Bolloré to promote electric vehicles as part of three agreements relating to industrial cooperation, the founding of a joint-venture to sell EV carsharing solutions and a feasibility study on the development of a specific new vehicle for carsharing plans. These agreements are the results of the […]

+ Read More
0

Among conventionally powered vehicles, Honda’s completely redesigned 2015 Fit blends respectable mpg, utility, and reasonable price. Not quite the “TARDIS” of Dr. Who fame which outwardly appeared tiny, but inwardly expanded to large proportions, Honda’s subcompact is nonetheless a case study in smart space utilization. We’d be remiss however not to also mention Honda isn’t […]

+ Read More
0

Last Thursday at the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, engineering PhD student Eva Håkansson set several world land speed records in her “KillaJoule” streamlined electric sidecar motorcycle. Håkansson’s home-built EV smashed the previous fastest electric motorcycle record by 25 mph, and established an all-time best among sidecars of any type. The KillaJoule was clocked at 241.901 […]

+ Read More
0

There are now more than six dozen alternative energy cars for sale in America, but we thought we’d summarize five that provide an exceptional balance of value and efficiency. These do relatively well in monthly sales, so that means we’re not the only ones who’ve figured out these can make sense. To be fair, we’ll […]

+ Read More
0

Ford’s Fusion Energi has entered its 2015 model year with only trim and feature updates, and since launching February 2013 has offered a solid balance among the growing crop of plug-in hybrids. It shares its powertrain with the C-Max Energi, and shares its five-passenger, mid-sized exterior and interior design with a stable of Fusion variants. […]

+ Read More